Clermont Academy of Dance is fully devoted to providing dancers of all ages an encouraging environment where they are given the opportunity to grow and excel in their dance education. We strive to deliver the highest quality of dance training, while nurturing each students unique gift of talent and creativity. We wish to encourage our students to achieve their fullest potential - to support them as they grow artistically and develop into well-rounded individuals. Come be a part of our dance family!
- Miss Karen
Owner, Clermont Academy of Dance
INSPIRATION. MOTIVATION. EDUCATION.
Karen's love for dance began at the age of 4. She studied Ballet, Pointe, Tap, and Jazz, as well as gymnastics. In 1991, she began a career as a performer at Walt Disney World. Her credits include many Magic Kingdom shows and parades, Festival of the Lion King, and Tarzan Rocks. Karen is also a talented vocalist, singing and dancing in many familiar shows throughout the Central Florida Attractions. It's her love of performing that has led her passion to educate, motivate, and inspire other dancers here at CAD
Mike has trained and competed in gymnastics from the age of 12, earning several state and national titles along the way. After his first year in college, he was recruited to join the cast of Disney's Festival of the Lion King, and Tarzan Rocks. In 2004, he began choreographing, producing, and performing in a variety of acrobatic specialty acts which have taken him all around the globe, including performances on the MTV Music Awards, the American Music Awards, and Cirque du Soleil.
Ana Cuellar was born in Monterrey Nuevo León, México; she is an accomplished Director, Artistic Coach, Choreographer, Dancer and Aerialist with more than twenty years of experience in the live entertainment industry. As a choreographer, Ana has presented her work at many well known festivals and events across the country as well as internationally. Ana currently works as Choreographer & Artistic coach at Cirque du Soleil Events + Experience.
Andrea Maciel De Faria was born in Brazil and began her ballet studies at the age of 3 at the Ballet Cristina Helena. In 2003, on her graduation year, Ms. Maciel de Faria moved to Germany to pursue her ballet studies at the Palucca School of Dresden. Ms. Maciel de Faria’s professional associations have been with the Sesiminas Company of Dance (Brazil), the Columbia Classical Ballet, the Milwaukee Ballet, Orlando Ballet and Cirque Du Soleil, La Nouba.
I was born and grew up in Moscow, Russia. At the age of ten I was accepted to the prestigious Academy of Bolshoi Theater in Moscow where I studied for 8 years. I started my career as a corp de ballet member at Moscow Classical Ballet where I danced for four years and traveled extensively around the world. In the United States, I danced with Ballet Internationale , then joined Cincinnati Ballet as a soloist and finished my career at Milwaukee Ballet as a Leading Dancer.
Erin Carraway Sundin is a native of Farmville, North Carolina. She found her love for dance when she started classes at the age of 2. While in high school she danced with the North Carolina Academy of Dance Arts where she was a member of the North Carolina Dance Theatre and performed in classic ballets such as The Nutcracker, Stars and Stripes, and La Sylphide. She received a BFA in Dance Performance with a concentration in Jazz from East Carolina University and a K-12 education certificate from Valencia College.
Jessie Wing grew up in Miami Fl, getting her dance education at Donna Lee Studio of Dance and New World School of the Arts. She performed with Miami City Ballet Co in 1992. In 1996 she was hired by Walt Disney World to perform at The Magic Kingdom as a Kid of the Kingdom. In 1998 she was cast in the role of "Maji" the bird in the opening year of Festival of the Lion King. She was promoted as Dance Captain while performing full time, and has over 15 years experience with WDW.
Kiley began her training at Clermont Academy of Dance where she studied ballet, contemporary, tap, jazz, and hip-Hop. Kiley graduated from South Lake High School in 2014 during which she was awarded with Female Dancer and two Choreographer Awards from the Cappies Critique and Awards Program. She also had the honor of choreographing for theatre programs in Lake County. Kiley is currently continuing her dance training at Valencia College.
Ray grew up dancing at his mother's studio since the age of 3. He went on to graduate from Oklahoma City University with a BA in Dance. He is currently a dancer in "Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage" at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Before making Orlando his home, he has danced in many shows including "Encore!" at Tokyo Disney, "The Snow White Musical" at Disneyland, two shows aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines, and "Wicked" at Universal Studios Japan.
Savannah began dancing at the age of three here in Clermont. She attended The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in LA, where she danced under prestigious choreographers Fresh Redding, Doriana Sanchez, and Donyelle Jones. Savannah has danced in music videos, performed at the 2018 Anniversary Choreographers Carnival, Hollywood Fringe Festival, and had an amazing opportunity to work with Kanye West and many other stars in the industry, including Mia Michaels.
Tiana has been a Choral Director for 11 years and in her current position at Minneola Charter Middle School for the past 3 years. She is the current District 9 Chair for Florida Junior Thespians. She has been a private vocal coach for the past five years and has music directed for local community youth theaters such as Twilight Youth Theatre. She is elated to be providing musical theatre classes, vocal ensemble classes, and private vocal lessons at Clermont Academy of Dance where she grew up dancing!
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